Living Life As God Intended

Psalm 90:10 “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is only trouble and tragedy; For it quickly passes, and we disappear.”

Psalm 90:10 really got me reflecting about life. I’m turning 65 in a few weeks and the Psalm says that the days of our life are seventy years and maybe eighty years if we are in good health. Now, you can see how it got me thinking, 5 years from seventy, I’m getting close to the finish line here on earth. Five to fifteen years to go, that’s a short time. So, you can understand why it made me ask myself the question “Am I living life as God intended?” Folks, think about that question. Your answer is probably same as mine “I’m trying”!

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Thoughts From Matthew 7:21

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Matthew 7:21 NKJV

God did not create heaven as a club for people who say the right password. Many people think they can do a few good deeds and get into heaven. Their goal is to get into heaven by the skin of their teeth. They figure heaven is the reward for their efforts.

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Thoughts From 1 Corinthians 10:13

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Folks, think about that verse for a minute. No matter what temptations, trials, hardships, or pain you are going through God has provided a way through them. Give Him all your problems in life and have faith that He will take care of them. Let God be…..God!

Thoughts From Revelation 21:3-4

“I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. [4] He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Revelation 21:3-4 NLT

We all know that this world is full of pain. But some people seem to experience more than their share. If you know someone who suffers from chronic pain, you know how hard it can be.

As followers of Jesus, we have two jobs when it comes to pain. First, we have a responsibility to help those who are suffering. Jesus said that whatever we do for people who are sick, we are actually doing for Him.

Second, we have a responsibility to tell others about the place where there will be no pain. If you’re serious about helping others who are hurting, sooner or later you will be asked, “Why doesn’t God do something about it?” or “Why does God allow pain to happen?”

People who are in pain, or who have loved ones who are in pain are looking for hope. These words from Jesus in Revelation 21:3-4 offers that hope. Folks, people who otherwise may not be interested in hearing about heaven may stop to listen if you tell them about God’s promise to wipe out pain forever.